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SAR altimetry processing on demand service for cryosat-2 and sentinel-3 at esa g-pod

Jérôme Benveniste (ESA/ESRIN, Italy)


Salvatore Dinardo (He Space/EUMETSAT, Germany); Giovanni Sabatino (Progressive Systems /ESRIN, Italy); Américo Ambrózio ( DEIMOS/ESRIN, Italy); Marco Restano (SERCO/ESRIN, Italy)

Event: 2016 SAR Altimetry Workshop

Session: Innovative SAR processing methods

Presentation type: Type Poster

Contribution: not provided


The scope of this presentation is to feature the ESA-ESRIN G-POD SARvatore service to users for the exploitation of the CryoSat-2 data, which was designed and developed by the Altimetry Team at ESA-ESRIN EOP-SER (Earth Observation – Exploitation, Research and Development). The G-POD service coined SARvatore (SAR Versatile Altimetric Toolkit for Ocean Research & Exploitation) is a web platform that allows any scientist to process on-line, on-demand and with user-selectable configuration CryoSat-2 SAR/SARin data, from L1a (FBR) data products up to SAR/SARin Level-2 geophysical data products. The Processor takes advantage of the G-POD (Grid Processing On Demand) environment, made available and operated by ESA RSS (Research and Service Support), to timely deliver custom-processed data products and to interface with ESA-ESRIN FBR data archive (155’000 SAR passes and 41’000 SARin passes - 118 TB of CryoSat data storage). The output data products are generated in standard NetCDF format (using CF Convention), therefore being compatible with the Broadview Radar Altimetry Toolbox (BRAT) and other NetCDF tools. By using the G-POD graphical interface, it is straightforward to select a geographical area of interest within the time-frame related to the Cryosat-2 SAR/SARin FBR data products availability in the service catalogue. The processor prototype is versatile allowing users to customize and to adapt the processing, according to their specific requirements by setting a list of configurable options (which can be augmented upon user request). After the task submission, users can follow, in real time, the status of the processing. From the web interface, users can choose to generate experimental SAR data products as Stack data and Range Integrated Power (RIP) waveforms.
The processing service, initially developed to support the development contracts awarded by confronting the deliverables to ESA’s, is now made available to the worldwide SAR Altimetry Community for research & development experiments, for on-site demonstrations/training in training courses and workshops, for cross-comparison to third party products (e.g. CLS/CNES CPP or ESA SAR COP data products), and for the preparation of the Exploitation of the Sentinel-3 Surface Topography Mission, by producing data and graphics for publications, etc. Initially, the processing was designed and uniquely optimized for open ocean studies. It was based on the SAMOSA model developed for Sentinel-3 Ground Segment using CryoSat data. However, since June 2015, a new retracker (SAMOSA+) is offered within the service as a dedicated retracker for coastal zone, inland water and sea-ice/ice-sheet. In view of the Sentinel-3 data exploitation, a new flavor of the service will be initiated, exclusively dedicated to the processing of Sentinel-3 mission data products. The scope of this new service will be to maximize the exploitation of the upcoming Sentinel-3 Surface Topography Mission’s data over all surfaces. Moreover, since June 2016, the high resolution EIGEN6C4 geoid based on GOCE DIR5 data is available in output products. The service is open, free of charge (supported by the SEOM Programme Element) for worldwide scientific applications and available at https://gpod.eo.esa.int/services/CRYOSAT_SAR/

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Poster show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Grande Halle Mon, Oct 31 2016,18:30 Mon, Oct 31 2016,19:30
Jérôme Benveniste